APRIL 12TH

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY  JOHNNY  DODDS !!


BIRTHDAYS

1892
JOHNNY DODDS, Clarinet
b. Waverly, LA, USA.
d. Aug. 8, 1940.

This welf-taught clarinetist is perhaps best recalled for his work in the Louis Armstrong 'Hot Five's' and 'Hot Sevens'. Johnny was among the most significant clarinetists of the early New Orleans Jazz era, and His younger brother, Baby Dodds, was among the first important drummers.

During most of 1912-1919, Dodds was with Kid Ory's band, In 1917, he played on riverboats with Fate Marable.

In 1921, he joined King Oliver in Chicago. In the following decade, he recorded with 'Oliver's Creole Jazz Band', Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and on his own hot sessions, often utilizing trumpeter Natty Dominique. During 1924-1930, he worked regularly at Kelly's Stables (52nd Street in New York city). Dodds continued playing in Chicago during the 1930s, although part of the time was spent running a cab company.

One of the all-time great clarinetists and arguably the most significant of the 1920s, Johnny Dodds (whose younger brother Baby Dodds was among the first important drummers) had a memorable tone in both the lower and upper registers, was a superb blues player, and held his own with Louis Armstrong (no mean feat) on his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. He did not start on clarinet until he was 17 but caught on fast, being mostly self-taught.
~Biography by Scott Yanow
Dodds was with Kid Ory's band during most of 1912-1919, played on riverboats with Fate Marable in 1917, and joined King Oliver in Chicago in 1921. During the next decade, he recorded with Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and on his own heated sessions, often utilizing trumpeter Natty Dominique. He worked regularly at Kelly's Stables during 1924-1930. Although Dodds continued playing in Chicago during the 1930s, part of the time was spent running a cab company. The clarinetist led recording sessions in 1938 and 1940, but died just before the New Orleans revival movement began.
*Red Hot Jazz Bio for Johnny Dodds:
Johnny Dodds was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920's. Although both Jimmie Noone and Sidney Bechet had better technique, Dodds had a very soulful, bluesy style of playing that was often emotionally powerful.
 He was a master of the New Orleans' ensemble style of collective improvisation. He didn't have the flash of Louis Armstrong, but often provided the perfect environment for Armstrong to shine. He worked with most of the major Hot Jazz bands of the era. Dodds was in Kid Ory's band in New Orleans from 1912 to 1919.
He played on riverboats with Fate Marable in 1917 and moved to Chicago in 1921 to play with King Oliver. Johnny and his brother Baby Dodds were an important part of Louis Armstrong's classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings for Okeh. During the 1920's he also recorded with Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton and on most of Lil Hardin-Armstrong's sessions.

Unlike many of his famous contemporaries, Dodds and his brother stayed in Chicago and were pretty much forgotten as Jazz moved East to New York in the Thirties. He recorded several records under his own name in the Twenties, often with Natty Dominique on trumpet, and worked regularly at Kelly's Stables from 1924 to 1930. 
Dodds continued to play and record in Chicago throughout the Thirties, and also ran a cab company with his brothers.
1918
HELEN FORREST
Vocalist
b. Atlantic City, NJ, USA
d. July 11, 1999, Woodland Hills, CA.
(Congestive Heart Failure).
né: Helen Fogel.

In 1942, she was America's top-rated female vocalist, - winning the Downbeat and Metronome polls, which, that same year (both ranked Frank Sinatra top male vocalist). Helen continued to perform until the early 1990s, when rheumatoid arthritis began to also affect her vocal chords. During 1938-'39, Forrest worked with the Artie Shaw band ("All The Things Your Are"), and from 1939-'41 with the Goodman band ("The Man I Love"). 

Following Goodman, she joined Harry James, with whom she was also romantically involved, - prior to his marriage to actress Betty Grable.
In an 1991 article, Forrest told the New York Times: "Working with the Shaw and Goodman groups in the heyday of big bands in the late 1930s and '40s ...(was difficult because)...in those days, we would change in the bus or in the ballroom, do the job, get back on the bus and drive to the next job." She was an early champion of civil rights.

The "White" Helen Forrest refused to appear on stage with the Artie Shaw band until theater owners also permitted Black singer Billie Holiday to perform. In 1940, she again broke racial barriers by recording with the all-black Lionel Hampton orchestra. In 1996, Forrest was named honorary president of the 'Dick Haymes Society'. Married and divorced three times, at the time of her demise, Forrest was survived by one son, Michael Forrest Feinman.
Biography ~by Ron Wynn
One of the more popular big band era singers, a performer that some might not consider a jazz vocalist, but one with exceptional ability to project lyrics and also an excellent interpreter. Forrest used several names early in her career, among them The Blue Lady and Bonnie Blue. She began singing in her brother's band in Washington, D.C., then was featured in Artie Shaw's band after Billie Holiday left in 1938. Forrest joined Benny Goodman when Shaw disbanded in 1939, staying until 1941.

She recorded with Nat King Cole's trio and Lionel Hampton in 1940, then began to score hits working with the Harry James orchestra. During the early '40s, she had string of successes. Later she teamed with Dick Haymes on his radio show and on six duets that were big hits. Forrest cut back her activity in the '50s, then sang with Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra led by Sam Donahue in the early '60s. She continued to work on the club circut in the '70s and '80s, making a new album for Stash in 1983. Forrest died July 11, 1999 at age 82.


1923
Ann Miller
dancer/actress/vocals.
né: Johnnie Lucille Collier. 
~Mini Biography By: Stephan Eichenberg
Ann Miller started her Hollywood career in low-budget films between 1937 and 1946, before she became a star in major films. She was second only to Eleanor Powell, as a tap dancer. After her film career she danced in nightclubs and in 1979 she was in the Broadway hit "Sugar Babies."


1904
Lily (Alice Josephine) Pons
Opera singer/actress
b. Draguignan, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
d. Feb 13, 1976, Dallas, Texas, USA. (pancreatic cancer).
née: Alice Josephine Pons.
Included here for the few "Pop" songs she sang including "That Girl from Paris", and "I Dream Too Much."
Lily Pons - Wikipedia


Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:



1967.
Buster Bailey, clarinet
died in New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA.
Age: 64



1968.
Lester Melrose
A&R/producer ('Bluebird')
died in FL, USA. Age: 77.


1975.
vocals/dancer
died in Paris, France.
Age: 68.

Josephine Baker
French entertainer
Josephine Baker was an American-born French entertainer, activist and French Resistance agent. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. Wikipedia
Born: June 3, 1906, St. Louis, MO
Died: April 12, 1975, University Hospitals Pitié Salpêtrière - Charles Foix, Paris, France
Josephine Baker

1976.
Ted Buckner, alto sax
died in Detroit, MI, USA.
Age: 62.

1989.
Herbert Mills, a member of 'The Mills Brothers' vocal group ("Glow Worm", "Paper Doll", etc.) died in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Age: 77.
He had been with the group for nearly 60 years.


1991.
Jimmie Revard, Singer/Bass Fiddle/Clarinet, and member of "The Oklahoma Playboys" died. Age: 81 (né: James Osage Revard, November 26, 1909, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA).


Songs Recorded/Released
On this date include:

1921

Raderman's Jazz Orchestra - Cherie

Raderman's Jazz Orchestra - Pucker Up And Whistle


Benson Orchestra of Chicago - Crooning

1926


Parenti's Liberty Syncopators - African Echoes
  • New Crazy Blues
  • Up Jumped The Devil
  • Weary Blues

1927


University Six - Rosy Cheeks - Vocal chorus by Hal White

1928


Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra - Imagination - Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur - Crazy Rhythm


1929



Fred Elizalde and his Anglo American Band - Nobody's Sweatheart

Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra - A Night At The Cotton Club Part 1

1930


Bessie Smith - Baby Have Pity On Me

1931


Abe Lyman's California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra
Just One More Chance - Vocal Chorus by Paul Neely

Abe Lyman's California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) - Vocal Chorus by Paul Neely

1938

Fats Waller and his Orchestra

LYRICS:

The Sheik Of Araby

Well I'm the sheik of Araby,
Your love belongs to me.
Well at night where you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.
The stars that shine above
Will light our way to love.
You rule this world with me,
I'm the sheik of Araby.
Well I'm the sheik of Araby,
Your love belongs to me.
Oh at night where you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.
The sun that shines above
Will light our way to love.
You rule this world with me,
I'm the sheik of Araby.
Well I'm the sheik of Araby,
Well I'm the sheik of Araby, yeah.

*"The Sheik of Araby" is a song that was written by Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler and music by Ted Snyder in 1921. It was composed in response to the popularity of the Rudolph Valentino film The Sheik. In 1926 it received new lyrics by Billy Rose and was retitled "That Night in Araby".
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APRIL 11TH


BIRTHDAYS


1889
Nick La Rocca, Cornet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. Feb. 22, 1961

The founder and leader of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Nick LaRocca did much to help popularize jazz during the band's existence, although he hurt his own cause decades later by claiming to have been one of jazz's main originators. 

LaRocca, who had a good tone but was not a major improviser, was self-taught. He co-led a kids band with violinist Henry Young in 1905, freelanced (with Dominic Barocca, Bill Gallity and the Brunies Brothers, among others), and occasionally headed his own group. During 1912-1916, LaRocca frequently played with Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Band. He worked with drummer Johnny Stein in 1915 and left New Orleans to join Stein in Chicago on March 1, 1916.

 Less than three months later, he broke away and formed the ODJB, which soon included trombonist Eddie Edwards, clarinetist Larry Shields, pianist Henry Ragas (replaced by J. Russell Robinson after his death in 1919), and drummer Tony Sparbaro (later often known as Tony Spargo).
The band became quite popular in Chicago and then caused a sensation in New York in 1917 when they opened at Reisenweber's. They became the first jazz band to ever record and, although their style seems very primitive today (playing all ensembles with no solos, and lots of repetition from chorus to chorus with LaRocca largely sticking to the melody), they were light years ahead of all of the other bands that had previously recorded.
Their "Livery Stable Blues" (which found the horn players emulating barnyard animals) was a major hit, many of the band's songs (including "Original Dixieland One Step," "At the Jazz Band Ball," "Clarinet Marmalade," "Jazz Me Blues," "Fidgety Feet," and "Tiger Rag") became standards, and their visit to London during 1919-1920 helped introduce jazz to Europe, causing another sensation overseas.
Personality conflicts and the rapid evolution of jazz made the Original Dixieland Jazz Band fairly irrelevant by 1923, and in January 1925, when LaRocca suffered a nervous breakdown, the group broke up. LaRocca returned to New Orleans and had a day job outside of music (running a contracting business).

Renewed interest in the group in 1936 found him re-forming the ODJB. LaRoca recorded six remakes with the band that year and also made nine titles with a 14-piece big band that includes Shields, Robinson ,and Sbarbaro. However the "comeback" soon ended and in February 1938, LaRocca retired from music permanently. While other bandmembers occasionally returned to playing (and Tony Spargo did not retire), Nick LaRocca never had any desire to play music again. His voice was recorded in 1959 introducing the musicians on a Southland LP featuring Sharkey Bonano and other New Orleans players; it was released by "Nick LaRocca & His Dixieland Jazz Band," but he did not play a note.
~ Scott Yanow


1913
Millie Good
(Western) vocals/guitar
b. Mount Carmel, IL, USA.
née: Mildred Goad.
Member: 'The Girls of the Golden West', a duo of Dorothy Laverne "Dolly" Good (b. 1915), and Mildred Fern "Millie" Good (b. 1913). One of the most popular acts in early country music,'The Girls of the Golden West' achieved nationwide fame in the 1930s with appearances on such shows as the 'National Barn Dance', the 'Boone County Jamboree' and the 'Midwestern Hayride'.

The girls continued performing heavily through the 1940s, with occasional appearances up until 1967 when Dolly died. They were recorded by RCA, Columbia and Conqueror labels. in the 1980's, the 'Old Homestead' label released some of their work.


1905
Harty Taylor (C&W) guitar/vocals
b. Mt. Vernon, KY, USA.
Member shows:
'Cumberland Ridge Runners', and WLS's 'National Barn Dance'
Hillbilly-Music.com - Cumberland Ridge Runners


1905
Paul "Hezzie" Trietsch, (hillbilly) vocals
b. Arcadia, IN, USA.
Member group: "Hoosier Hot Shots,"

Hezzie was born on a farm near Arcadia, Indiana on 4/11/05. He started working as an entertainer in 1922, married his wife Bessie nee Burk 2/27/04) 3/15/24 and stayed married and entertaining the rest of his life. In his early days with Ezra Buzzington's Rube Band (see picture with top hat) his wife Bessie, mother of Paul, Jr., worked on stage along with a group that included 3 of Paul's brothers.

He did blackface, silly-kid, and toby characters, and though famous for his "zither", picture a washboard after being hit by a parade of antique cars, he was well versed on any number of instruments. His custom slide whistle set the tone for the instrument for eternity.
In the mid 40s Hezzie and the group left Chicago and the National Barn Dance for the comfort of California, where Hezzie made a home in North Hollywood. He started a pawn/jewelry business in the 50s and kept musicians alive between gigs. The store survives to this day.
Hezzie's death in 1979 brought the end to the 50 years of America's greatest novelty band.
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1904
Dave Wilborn, Banjo/Guitar
b. Springfield, OH, USA. d. 1982
The banjoist and singer for McKinney's Cotton Pickers in the ‘20s and ‘30s, Wilborn also recorded with Louis Armstrong. Wilborn began playing piano at age 12, but picked up the banjo shortly thereafter and made it his primary instrument. He worked with Cecil and Lloyd Scott in 1922, then joined drummer William McKinney's Synco Septet, which later became the Cotton Pickers.
Wilborn recorded with Armstrong in 1928. McKinney's Cotton Pickers disbanded for a time in 1934, then reformed; Wilborn stayed until 1937, then fronted his own band until around 1950, when he quit playing music full-time. In 1971 alto saxophonist David Hutson built a new version of the Cotton Pickers around Wilborn, who was purportedly the last surviving member of the original group. From 1972 he sang and recorded with the New McKinney's Cotton Pickers; his singing can be heard on the albums New McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1972) and You're Driving Me Crazy (1973), both on the Bountiful label.
~ Chris Kelsey

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1968.
Ethel Park Richardson
(C&W) singer/autoharp
died.
Age: 84.


1977.
(C&W) songwriter
died. Age: 83.


1983.
Catherine ("Princess Aloha") Basie
vocals, died in Freeport, Bahamas.
Age: 67.


Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:

1921

Benson Orchestra of Chicago
Benson Orchestra of Chicago - Scandanavia
  • Toddle (Introducing: Maori)

1923



Bessie Smith - Baby Won't You Please Come Home


Bessie Smith accompanied by her Down Home Trio - Aggravatin' Papa


Johnny Dunn and his Original Jazz Band - Sugar Blues


1924


Johnny Dunn

1925


Ray Miller's Orchestra

1927


Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra - Just For You Dear, I'm Crying

Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra - Papa's Got The Jim-Jims

Joe Manone's Harmony Kings
  • Cat's Head
  • Ringside Stomp
  • Sadness Will Be Gladness
  • Up The Country Blues


Sophie Tucker accompanied by Miff Mole's Molers - After You've Gone

Sophie Tucker accompanied by Miff Mole's Molers - I Ain't Got Nobody

1930


Frank Melrose - Distant Moan

Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra - Double Check Stomp
  • I Was Made To Love You
  • My Gal Is Good For Nothing But Love

Harry Reser and his Orchestra - Chinnin' And Chattin' With May

1940

Fats Waller and his Rhythm - Little Curly Hair In A High Chair
1941

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - Hey Lawdy Mama
  • Now Do You Call That A Buddy?
  • Yes Suh!
LYRICS:
After You've Gone
~Composed by Turner Layton
~lyrics written by Henry Creamer

Now won't you listen honey, while I say,
How could you tell me that you're goin' away?
Don't say that we must part,
Don't break your baby's heart

You know I've loved you for these many years,
Loved you night and day...
Oh! honey baby, can't you see my tears?
Listen while I say:

After you've gone and left me cryin'
After you've gone there's no denyin'
You'll feel blue, you'll feel sad
You'll miss the dearest pal you've ever had

There'll come a time, now don't forget it
There'll come a time when you'll regret it
Someday, when you grow lonely
Your heart will break like mine and you'll want me only
After you've gone, after you've gone away

After you've gone and left me cryin'
After you've gone there's no denyin'
You're gonna feel blue, and you're gonna feel sad
You're gonna feel bad
And you'll miss, and you'll miss,
And you'll miss the bestest pal you ever had

There'll come a time, now don't forget it
There'll come a time when you'll regret it
But baby, think what you're doin'
I'm gonna haunt you so, I'm gonna taunt you so
It's gonna drive you to ruin
After you've gone, after you've gone away.


I Ain't Got Nobody
(Roger Graham / Dave Peyton / Spencer Williams)

There's been a sayin' goin' round
And I begin to think it's true
It's awful hard to love someone
When they don't care about you

Once I had a lovin' gal
The sweetest little thing in town
But now she's gone and left me
She done turn me down

Now I ain't got nobody, and nobody cares for me!
That's why I'm sad and lonely,
Won't somebody come and take a chance with me?

I'll sing you love songs, honey, all the time,
If you'll only say you'll be sweet gal of mine,
Oh, I ain't got nobody, nobody cares for me!

(Instrumental Break)

I'll sing you love songs, honey, all the time,
If you'll only say you'll be sweet gal of mine,
Oh, I ain't got nobody, nobody cares for me!

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Special Thanks To:
The Red Hot Jazz Archives,
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and all those who have provided content,
images and sound files for this site.